RETURN TO EUROPE

September 29, 2011 – 3:41 pm

Coltrane drops out replaced by Sonny Stitt for Miles second Europe Tour in 1960.

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MILES DAVIS QUINTET
Free Trade Hall 1960 Vol 1 and Vol 2 [Magnetic Records MRCD 102-103, 2CD]

Live at the “Free Trade Hall”, Manchester, England; September 27, 1960. Ex- soundboard stereo. Speed corrected.

Manchester’s Free Trade Hall was still six years away from Bob Dylan’s visit when a shout would ring out calling Dylan a “Judas”. Till then, rhythm and blues with jazz was known as popular music. This was adult entertainment before porn changed all that.

But before Dylan, Miles and his group were forging ahead with their new jazz. It was leaner, faster, featured more soloing and improvising was key to the excitement. This was not music anyone could play. You had to earn your right to play. Jazz was powered by experience, the more a player could feel, the more his music could shine.

Autumn Leaves, the standard ballad, is here expanded almost out of recognition from the popular Paul Desmond jazz version. Miles and his band showed how jazz could breathe new life into standards. While this version strayed from the original melody, it was still melodic in its improvisation and simple to follow. That is the strength of Miles’ Kind Of Blue album. It was different but accessible.

All Blues and So What are the only tracks off Miles then latest album, Kind Of Blue. All that remains of the first show are three tracks. These recordings were made by European fans and circulated widely when CDs arrived in Europe. Thanks to the person who put this up on the net in 2006.
- Professor Red

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Disc 1
Early Show
Track 101. Four (17.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 101. Four (megaupload link)
Track 102. All Of You (23.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 102. All Of You (megaupload link)
Track 103. Walkin’ (incomplete) (7.0MB)
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Late Show
Track 104. Four (incomplete) (13.0MB)
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Track 105. All Blues (24.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 105. All Blues (megaupload link)

Disc 2
Late Show (cont’d)
Track 201. Well, You Needn’t (21.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 201. Well, You Needn’t (megaupload link)
Track 202. Autumn Leaves (28.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 202. Autumn Leaves (megaupload link)
Track 203. So What (17.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 203. So What (megaupload link)
Track 204. Stardust (without Miles Davis) (6.8MB)
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Track 205. Bye Bye (Theme) (1.1MB)

Lineup:
Miles Davis (tp)
Sonny Stitt (as, ts)
Wynton Kelly (p)
Paul Chambers (b)
Jimmy Cobb (d)

This was the period when Kind Of Blue had been released in the past 12 months. Buy it here.

  1. 6 Responses to “RETURN TO EUROPE”

  2. hey bigo, this looks great. i don’t have this one either. will get, thanks! the only other show you’ve offered with sonny stitt i remember is the giants of jazz show from union hall, belgrade, serbia nov 1971 with art blakey on drums two years ago. i like it.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 29, 2011

  3. :-) i don’t know if i can wait another day for the rest of the show. :-)

    I-)

    By I-) on Sep 29, 2011

  4. Keep them coming! Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Sep 30, 2011

  5. hey bigo, i mentioned art blakey above. a good album by him on impulse with with stitt on sax is a jazz message. i used to have it on tape years ago. i have lots of blue note blakey and a couple ojc blakey’s like ugetsu and caravan.

    i definitely can use an art blakey and the jazz messengers show preferably with lee morgan on trumpet. i’m pretty sure there’s atleast one on dime.

    hank mobley rules too. blakey plays on soul station. that’s a good blue note.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Sep 30, 2011

  6. ..another excellent Miles show, many thanks!..i seem to remember a tape of this show with at least 3 extra tracks after ‘theme’ on side 2, possibly ‘i thought about you’, ‘all blues’, and ‘7 steps to heaven’–would these songs have been from the same set?..stitt seems to have been more than a capable replacement for ‘trane..thanks again, best from florida

    By Beega on Oct 5, 2011

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